There is a good chance now no more snow will fall in Yosemite Valley until next year so I thought I would add one more valley snow photograph to the blog.
The snow stopped falling when I took this photograph but photographing under trees had another challenge with large drops of water rolling off the pine branches. This was handled by a large umbrella held in my left hand while working the camera functions with my right hand. A third hand or assistant would of been appreciated at this point though. Of course to get this whole shot in one frame I had to tilt the camera up to include both the upper and lower falls. In the original photographic the pine trees on either side of the frame were bowing inwards at the top so I corrected the perspective as best I could and I think the photograph turned out well with this correction. I used a slow shutter speed to make sure the falls are flowing instead of using a fast shutter speed to freeze the water action. I believe the mist from the falls were making their own snow which veiled the falls giving depth to the photograph. This photograph almost looks like a hand colored black and white photograph from early last century, at least to me.
I enjoyed my first trip to Yosemite when a snow storm was raging and plan to do it again next year. I have purchased a few items that I should have been carrying for this past trip, personal items that would have helped me deal with the snow. I will be reviewing these items in another post next fall when I prepare for another trek to Yosemite in the snow.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF24-105mm L lens at 47mm
ISO 200, 1/6 sec at f/16